Sumac, Gro-Low Fragrant (Rhus aromatica 'Gro-Low')-Hort Answers - University of Illinois Extension
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Sumac, Gro-Low Fragrant
Rhus aromatica 'Gro-Low'

Fruit of Gro-low sumac
Fruit of Gro-low sumac
Very glossy leaves with three leaflets.Clusters of hairy red fruit in late summer and early sutumn (on female plants only).Autumn color varies from orange and scarlet to reddish purple. 
Full sun to partial shade; moist well drained soils are best, but tolerates some dryness. Prefers acid soils, but tolerates alkaline soils. 
  • 'Gro-Low'- 2 feet tall; spreads out to 8 feet wide.
Mature Height
20-24 Inches (The cultivar 'Gro-Low' is the only fragrant sumac that can be used as a ground cover. The species is actually a shrub that grows up to 6 feet tall.)
USDA Hardiness Zone
4 - 8 
Bloom Color
Not of Interest
Bloom Season
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
Exposure/Light Requirements
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Foliage Color
Pests and Problems

Environmental Damage

Additional Notes
Male and female flowers are on separte plants. Fruit will be produced only if a male plant is available to pollinate females.


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